June 30, 2003

By Michael Strickland

Halfway There

I first began this monthly column six months ago as a way to jumpstart my flagging creativity. As the blurb to the right states, I've called myself a writer for many years, but I haven't written nearly as consistently as I should. Sure, I've often been paid to write, but a true writer writes on a daily basis. Now that I've spent half the year writing every day (for the most part) for this Web column, it's time to take a step back and evaluate what the exercise has meant.

I've covered a lot of ground in the 66,000 words since the first of the year. In many ways, this opus reflects my life of the past six months. I've waxed philosophical about the state of my life's affairs; I've ranted about the war in Iraq and other political matters; I've happily recounted some of the year's fun travels. But has "The Daily Strick" been a success? The jury's still out on that one.

This daily column has certainly challenged me to keep my writing muscles in shape. I've done my best to write nearly every day, though my life in recent weeks has intruded upon that ambition. Writing on such a consistent basis has helped me to refine my style somewhat, and I've become better able to produce articles quickly. However, this daily column was supposed to have been a means to an end, not an end in itself. The goal was to get the creative juices flowing by writing something brief here, so that I'd be primed to generate other, more marketable content. In the final analysis (or, more accurately, the halfway-point analysis), most of the work I've produced this year can be found right here on this Web site, instead of in some magazine or newspaper.

Certainly, the idea file overflows as always, and I've laid the groundwork for several travel articles, a screenplay and a short story. But as busy as my life has been, what little writing time I carve out of my day ends up getting spent right here. This project has taken on a life of its own, so I'm loathe to ignore it in favor of working on something else. I feel guilty enough when I skip a day or two here and there because I can't find any time for writing. I can't say this makes much logical sense, especially in light of the fact that this site only gets a handful of visits each day. But I've invested too much pride at this point, so I have to keep it going.

Perhaps the goal for the second half of this project should not be to write and post an article here every day, but rather to only allow myself to work on these "Daily Strick" columns after I've worked on some other writing project that day. Will I follow such a strategy? It seems doubtful, considering the paucity of my free time lately, but it's at least an admirable plan. Whatever happens, I'll do my best to ensure you continue to receive a new edition of "The Daily Strick" every day.

If only I could boost my daily circulation over 10.


©2003 Michael Strickland ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

What is "The Daily Strick"?

I have long called myself a writer, but too often I don't do what a writer must do daily: write. So you, dear reader, are the beneficiary of my resolution to make a positive change in at least one area of my life. Every single day of this new year (almost), I will write something, anything, and post it here. It is my intention to use this daily exercise to jump-start my too-long-dormant creative energies, and perhaps generate some worthwhile material this year. Hopefully you will find at least an occasional amusement or insight in my daily musings.

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June Columns:

6/30: Halfway There
6/27: 28 Days Later
6/26: I Am a Racist
6/24: America the Obese
6/23: Reality TV Sells
6/20: June Gloom
6/18: Hatch's Hollywood Hacking
6/16: Qualcomm Stadium
6/15: Happy Father's Day
6/14: Flag Day
6/13: Friday the 13th
6/12: Extreme
6/9: Spammed
6/8: Lack of PLANning
6/7: When Grass Attacks
6/4: Culture Shock
6/1: The Baja 500
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